Zach Randolph, who was arrested on possession of marijuana charges last month, has struck a plea deal with California prosecutors and will avoid jail time, according to TMZ Sports. Randolph could have faced up to one year in prison had he been convicted of the misdemeanor.
Ray Brothers, Randolph’s agent, released a statement on the incident following the plea deal (via NBA.com’s David Aldridge on TwitLonger):
“As we have said from the beginning, the reports regarding Zach Randolph were false and misleading. After being accused of marijuana possession, all charges have been dropped. He was never arrested with any marijuana in or on his possession. He has been cited for delaying a police officer. It’s defamatory for someone to say anything to the contrary.”
As part of the agreement, Randolph pled no contest to misdemeanor resisting arrest and agreed to serve 150 hours of community service as part of a diversion program. He will report to a California court in December for a progress update.
The power forward signed a two-year, $24MM deal with the Kings this summer. While he won’t miss games this season because of jail time, it’s possible the NBA suspends or fines him because of the incident.